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Vol 47 No 13

Published 23rd June 2006


Somalia

Islamist takeover

Clans switch sides to overthrow the warlords but will they stay loyal to the Islamic Courts

The lightning take over by the Islamic Courts Union on 14 June surprised almost everyone, not least the United States CIA. The warlords crumbled almost overnight and with them, the CIA's notion of backing their Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism. The US Department of State (DOS), hoping to take back control of US Somalia policy, promptly set up a Somalia Contact Group.

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